Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Machan received his BFA at the University of Calgary in 1997. Machan is a graphic designer and founding member of the group Soldiers in God's Army, whose mission is to question conventional wisdom and received knowledge regarding President George W. Bush's war on terrorism in the wake of September 11, 2001. They describe themselves as Christian activists working for peace. Formerly a student at the University of Calgary, Machan became well-known in activist circles for his "Deception Dollars," which began as single-color (green) bills and have evolved through subsequent printings to four colors. Millions have been distributed at rallies and other events throughout the United States and Canada. Machan's website includes a "virtual deception dollar" with active links to the websites listed on the print version of the bill.